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Domestication and Speciation Genomics as the Primer to Create Novel Crop Genetic Variation

Call for Papers

The complex processes of speciation and domestication include various mechanisms such as allopatry or sympatry, transposon mediated genome alterations, gene conversion, recombination hot spots, and epigenetic modifications, which are the primers for genetic variation of crop plants, thereby impacting global adaptation and diverse crop improvement programs.

With the merger of sequencing and bioinformatic technologies, new methodologies have emerged recently such as progress in evolutionary and phylogenomics methodologies and genome-scale mapping approaches will have great impact in creation and utilization of novel and existing genetic variation for various crop improvement programs.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on domestication and speciation genomics as emerging methodologies for plant breeding. Original, high-quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Domestication processes impacting genomewide changes
  • Homeologous genes and repetitive DNA on polyploid crop research
  • Interspecific hybridization for recapitulation of cultivars
  • Genomic distribution of genetic diversity
  • Genetic and epigenetic alterations under interspecific hybridization
  • Controlled activation of retrotransposons

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 July 2017
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 29 September 2017
Publication DateFriday, 24 November 2017

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